Ukraine Travel Guide

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Having undergone a revolution in the early part of the new century, Ukraine is a country dragging its feet through a political stalemate, torn between the Soviet loyalties of its past and a more western focused future. It can seem gruff and unhelpful, but nevertheless holds deep-seated desires to gain entry to the illustrious club of EU nations, and establish its 21st century identity. In short, Ukraine is very much a case of 'watch this space'.

Kiev, a capital that’s unique selling point is the underground caves in which it stores the candlelight bodies of mummified monks, is a surprisingly beautiful city that quickly sweeps crooked politicians and gun-wielding gangsters from the mind. It’s a surly city, one that’s best enjoyed working your way through a bottle of local vodka and throwing yourself into the frantic local clubbing scene, which really brings Kiev to life. The Chernobyl Museum offers a glance into perhaps Ukraine’s most notorious (and sad) piece of history, while the ornate outline of St Sophia Cathedral’s gold and green peaks are well worth a look, too.

Elsewhere, Odessa, home of Ukrainian champagne, is the place to dance until dawn on the beachside, while Lviv, with its shabby charm and eclectic architecture, is well on the way to becoming an established international city break destination. The tiny town of Kamyanets Podilsky perches on top of a spectacular rock, contained by the walls of a pointy castle and peering out over a remarkable natural moat. The Black Sea, during winter, offers hole-in-the-ice opportunities to catch your dinner, while the ‘cave city’ of Churfut Kale – a 200m long maze of ancient sheltering caves – you can explore over a dozen centuries of Swiss-cheese ruins with views of an entire verdant valley from the peak.

When it comes to making your order, it’s worth remembering that Chicken Kiev is actually a New York dish (order the incredible varenyky dumplings instead), and that while vodka translates as ‘a wee drop’ you certainly won’t be served anything diminutive. Give it time, and you’ll find Ukraine’s gruff exterior hides a wealth of pleasurable experiences.

Kiev #1 most popular location
Sadly, if most people associate the Ukraine’s capital with only one thing, it’s garlic chicken. It’s sad for two reasons: firstly, Chicken Kiev is not in fact from the Ukraine at all, b…
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Odessa #2 most popular location
Odessa is a legendary city of Ukraine. It's often called a Ukrainian Paris. City of romance, art, poems, theaters and museums… Odessa is a very special city. Speaking more precisely it is a…
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Lviv #3 most popular location
If you ask a specialist in geography, he’ll say that Lviv is a city in Ukraine. Lviv is one of Ukraine’s regional cities, situated on the hills of picturesque Roztochia, where the main Eu…
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Kharkiv #4 most popular location
Kharkiv or Kharkov (Ukrainian: Харків, Russian: Харьков) is the second largest city in Ukraine. It is the administrative center of the Kharkiv Oblast (province), as well as the a…
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Yalta #5 most popular location
Yalta is often referred to as "the perl" of Crimea. Exposed to the sun, washed by gentle waves of the Black sea, sheltered by the Crimean mountains from northern winds, Yalta is always full o…
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Sevastopol #6 most popular location
Sevastopol is sometimes called the pearl of Crimea. Founded in 1783 by Catherine the Great, Russian Empress, this city is now one of the largest in the Ukraine. The architectural appearance o…
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Chernobyl #7 most popular location
Opened to tourists in 2002, the site of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor's meltdown and the surrounding area is now considered to be safer than a short flight, in terms of exposure to radiation.…
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Chernivtsi #8 most popular location
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Kyiv #9 most popular location
Kiev is one of the biggest cities in Europe. It is a bustling capital of independent Ukraine, its administrative, economic, scientific, cultural and educational center. This scenic city with …
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Poltava #10 most popular location
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Kamenets-Podolskiy #11 most popular location
Simferopol #12 most popular location
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Sudak #13 most popular location
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Alupka #14 most popular location
Alupka is located on the Crimean southern shore, about 18 km southwest of Yalta. Alupka's climate makes from it one of the best resort areas in the Crimea. But Alupka is not a beach destinat…
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Lvov #15 most popular location
If you ask a specialist in geography, he’ll say that L'viv is a city in Ukraine. But do you really know much about Ukraine? It is a beautiful country in Eastern Europe with mountains (the C…
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Lviv (Lvov) #16 most popular location
If you ask a specialist in geography, he’ll say that L'viv is a city in Ukraine. But do you really know much about Ukraine? It is a beautiful country in Eastern Europe with mountains (the C…
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Bakhchysarai #17 most popular location
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Cherkasy #18 most popular location
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Luhansk #19 most popular location
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Kolomyya #20 most popular location
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Kherson #21 most popular location
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Ivano-Frankivs'k #22 most popular location
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Boryspil Airport #23 most popular location
Nikolaev #24 most popular location
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Kirovohrad #25 most popular location
Crimea #26 most popular location
Crimea is a beautiful region on the Black Sea, narrowly attached to the Ukrainian mainland, with the weather which is very much Mediterranean. Simferopol, the capital of Crimea, is rarely a p…
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Balaklava #27 most popular location
Kolochava #28 most popular location
L'viv #29 most popular location
If you ask a specialist in geography, he’ll say that L'viv is a city in Ukraine. But do you really know much about Ukraine? It is a beautiful country in Eastern Europe with mountains (the C…
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Kamianets-Podilskyi #30 most popular location
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Novyi Svit #31 most popular location
Ternopil #32 most popular location
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Chatyr-Dag Mountain #33 most popular location
Crimea is known for its magnificent landscapes and breathtaking wonders. One of them is the Chatyr-Dag Mountain (the tent mountain), the second highest of its kind in Crimea. The mountain was…
Pripyat #34 most popular location
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Uman' #35 most popular location
Heneral's'ke #36 most popular location
Rybache #37 most popular location
Rava-Rus'ka #38 most popular location
Pereval'ne #39 most popular location
Chornomors'ke #40 most popular location
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Karabi-Jajla #41 most popular location
Uzhhorod #42 most popular location
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Luchyste #43 most popular location
Sevastapol #44 most popular location
Ternopil' #45 most popular location
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The Black Sea #46 most popular location
Pereiaslav Khmelnytskyi #47 most popular location